Make 2022 your year to shine with our list of the best podcasts on Spotify!
When was the last time you actually felt within your element? A time when you were totally certain of your life, motivated and ready for anything? If you’re like many of us, it was somewhere before March 2020, before COVID-19 reared its ugly head. Yes, you are not alone. And yes, you’ve come to the right place!
Far too many of us need a mind revival. A refresh. A spark plug to jolt us into action. And where better to seek a mental revision than through podcasts? They make you think without having to strain your eyes. They reveal startling insights into a variety of societal issues. And, best of all, they are a wonderful accompaniment on your daily walk or weekly workout, making them easy to digest.
But with so many podcasts out there, it can be a strain to find a good one. So we’ve done the hard yards and found the 10 best inspirational podcasts on Spotify ready to revive your mind in 2022!
Let’s get to it…
The Diary of a CEO with Steven Bartlett
You don’t need to be a CEO to enjoy this podcast. Nor do you even need to aspire to be one. All you require is a desire to dream big and a touch of curiosity. Every week, Steven interviews someone who has done amazing things, digging deep into their mind for nuggets of wisdom. Every interview is unscripted, featuring no pre-designed questions and allowing for uninterrupted flows in conversation – unraveling the most daring thoughts and ideas. The Diary of a CEO is destined to make you reconsider your life.
On Purpose with Jay Shetty
Jay’s purpose is “to make wisdom go viral.” And he’s been doing it every week, with new podcast episodes coming out Monday and Friday. So what’s your purpose? Do you yearn to master your career? Stress less? Or maybe even just be a better you? Whatever your purpose, allow it to be massaged and cajoled by Jay Shetty’s exuberant voice in his podcast On Purpose. In fact, his voice is a popular reason why many people around the world listen to him regularly, including us. It’s persuasive, smooth, caring, and beautifully serious. In our opinion, one of the best podcasts to listen to on Spotify!
We Are Lonely with Myf Warhurst and Dr Frederic Kiernan
COVID-19 has exacerbated our loneliness in one way or another. We’ve been isolated for so long! But it’s time to unravel the truths of loneliness. In this podcast, Myf Warhurst and Dr Frederic Kiernan aim to demystify what it means to be lonely through the mediums of music, film, and art. Talking with dedicated artists of all calibers – from Tash Sultana to Hugo Weaving – the pair uncover loneliness in all it’s pain and glory and how it affects society. And even how it affects ourselves.
Anything Goes with Emma Chamberlain
As the name suggests, anything goes with this podcast. Primarily focusing around lifestyle and wellbeing, each podcast episode braves new areas of our lives, through the wonderfully wayward mind of Emma Chamberlain. Think fashion advice, identity, public holidays and, the latest, stepping out of your comfort zone. Emma easily weaves her conversation through hard truths and relatable scenarios, helping us rethink the way we pursue this weird life we’ve been given.
Do You F*cking Mind? with Alexis Fernandez
Alexis Fernandez is a refreshing voice on Spotify with her podcast, Do You F*cking Mind? Expect plenty of straight-talk on how to live the most badass life, featuring some necessary swear words every once in a while. She covers everything about the self – what it means and what it can do – from self-growth to self-love, and all the nitty gritty in between. What makes this podcast most interesting is that Alexis holds a Masters in Neuroscience, offering a nuanced personal opinion on who we are.
We Can Do Hard Things with Glennon Doyle
Glennon Doyle is the author of Untamed, a bestselling personal memoir that was released in March 2020 and has helped many through this awful pandemic. Now she has released a podcast on doing the hard things – a mantra that saved her life 20 years ago. And that mantra could save your life, too. Or at least make it better. Recent episodes talk about showing up anyway, even if you’re messy, complicated, or afraid; Glennon’s pet peeves, including ‘soundaries’; and making and keeping good friends.
Hidden Brain with Shankar Vedantam
There’s a lot we don’t know about the human brain. Like how does it process information? And where does that internal voice come from? Well, if there’s one way to learn about it, it’s through Shankar Vedantam’s podcast Hidden Brain. Every week, Shankar uses “science and storytelling to reveal the unconscious patterns that drive human behaviour, shape our choices, and direct our relationships.” Understand your intentions and revive your mind with the Hidden Brain podcast available to stream now on Spotify.
Philosophize This! with Stephen West
What is the meaning of all this? It’s the ultimate question that every philosopher asks. And it’s one that is still yet to be answered. But searching for meaning is as exciting as getting the answer, because once we get the answer, then what’s the next frontier? Well, Stephen West regularly asks this question in his podcast Philosophize This! And, in doing so, he awakens our minds to the whys and whats and hows of the world. We discover a kind of truth that jolts our very being.
The Happiness Lab with Dr Laurie Santos
Happiness is not a destination; it is a process. A process that involves tapping into the moment, seeing the beauty of the world, and perhaps a few deep breathing exercises to ward off stress. Whatever floats your boat! But there’s more to happiness than just feeling content. Which is why Dr Laurie Santos, a cognitive scientist and Professor of Psychology at Yale University, has launched The Happiness Lab podcast. You’ll learn how navigating all feelings, however negative or positive, can improve your happiness.
Stuff You Should Know with Josh and Chuck
Stuff You Should Know is pretty self-explanatory. Here you can learn about the ins and outs of beekeeping, uncover the psychology behind staring, and take an in-depth look at how rock paper scissors became a popular decision-making tool. Hell, there’s even a 59 minute episode about tacos! Josh and Chuck are inquisitive hosts, finding the most interesting and sometimes esoteric stuff you should know about. You’ll feel warm and welcome listening to these two mates gasbag about interesting stuff. One of the best inspirational podcasts on Spotify!